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“Library Inc.” ? UC Davis Librarian weighes the consquences of academic publishing trends

October 18th, 2010 by David Michalski

The accelerated transmision of information brought on by electronic access to journal literature is only one change brought on by the digitization of scholarly information. UC Davis Humanities, Social Science, and Arts Librarian, Daniel Goldstein has recently published an essay which looks at some of the often overlooked consqences that have accompanied the structural transformation of scholarly publishing, including important changes in the way information is contextualized for scholars, and in the new ways libraries interact with the publishing industry.

Goldstein’s essay, “Library Inc.” is published in the “Chronicle Review” Section of the OCtober 17, Chronicle of Higher Education.

Goldstein’s essay is both thought provoking and timely. This week, October 17-23, 2010 marks nation-wide “Open Access Week” an annual event that promotes Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research.

The Library is sponsoring a series of speaker events to spread the word about new open access publishing initiatives, including a presentation by Marta Brunner, UCLA librarian and member of the Open Humanities steering committee, on the opportunities presented by the Open Humanities Press (This Thursday at 1PM in 126 Voorhies Hal, UC Davis.)

Important Historical Manuscripts Relating to Slavery in U.S. Now Online

October 14th, 2010 by David Michalski

Important Historical Manuscripts Relating to Slavery in U.S. Now Online


The New-York Historical Society is proud to announce the launch of a new online portal to
nearly 12,000 pages of source materials documenting the history of slavery in the United
States, the Atlantic slave trade and the abolitionist movement. Made readily accessible
to the general public for the first time at , these
documents from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries represent fourteen of the most
important collections in the library’s Manuscript Department.

The collections include account books and ship manifests documenting the financial aspects
of the slave trade; legal papers such as birth certificates and deeds of manumission; and
political works and polemics. The materials range from writings by the abolitionists
Granville Sharp, Lysander Spooner and Charles Sumner to the diary of a plantation manager
and overseer of slaves in Cuba, Joseph Goodwin, and that of a former slave in Fishkill,
New York, James F. Brown. The site also provides access to the archives of abolitionist
organizations such as the New-York Manumission Society and the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery
Society, as well as the records of the African Free School, which document the education
of free blacks in early nineteenth-century New York.

New, Improved Reserves Form

October 12th, 2010 by Alison Lanius

The UC Davis General Library’s Reserves form has been upgraded to better support faculty and staff who are building Reserves lists for classes. The redesigned database saves time by pre-filling some information and allowing you to access course lists from past years. Your personal lists can be reused or edited or you can edit and use information from other departmental lists. Try out the new, improved form, visit our Reserves page.

University of California Libraries Academic e-Book Survey

October 4th, 2010 by David Michalski

University of California Libraries Academic e-Book Survey
Monday, October 11, 2010 through Monday, October 25, 2010

Participate in our survey for the chance to win one of five $50.00 gift certificates to the UC campus bookstore of your choice!

The University of California Libraries are surveying UC faculty, staff, and students about their preferences among print and e-books while doing academic work. This information is being gathered to assist the UC libraries in planning future purchases, programs and services. Your participation in this survey is both voluntary and invaluable.

The survey will at some points specifically ask about Springer E-books. It is not necessary for you to have used Springer E-books, or in fact any e-books, for your feedback to be valuable to us.
Links to the survey can be found at: the UC Davis library’s home page,; and at Springerlink,

The survey can be accessed directly at:

Completion of the survey should take no more than 10 minutes and respondents who enter their name and email address will be entered into a drawing for one of five $50 gift certificates to the UC campus bookstore of their choice. Name and email addresses will not be used for any purpose beyond the drawing and will be destroyed after the drawing.

For questions, contact Michael Winter, UC Davis Academic E-book Task Force member (